When a medical professional injures a patient, the hospital or clinic may
be held liable for negligence. There are several types of professionals
that may be liable for
medical malpractice in addition to agencies and institutions. If you have suffered an injury
due to a medical professional’s negligence,
contact a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney.
Under the doctrine of vicarious liability, a hospital or clinic can be
held responsible for the negligent actions of its employees. In legal
terms, it is considered “respondeat superior” which means
“let the master answer” in Latin. You may be able to hold
an institution liable for its employees’ misconduct provided the
medical personnel was performing their job duties when the negligence occurred.
There is one caveat, however. If the doctor is considered an independent
contractor, vicarious liability will not apply to the hospital. If it
can be proven that the hospital itself was negligent when it failed to
evaluate the competency of its physicians, you may be able to hold the
hospital itself liable for its carelessness.
Oftentimes, hospitals will attempt to limit their own liability by granting
doctors staff privileges – which means the hospital itself will
not oversee the physician’s roles and responsibilities.
How a Cleveland Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Determining one or several parties liable for medical malpractice can be
Mellino Law Firm has a proven track record when pursuing medical malpractice claims against
various health care professionals. Helping to determine liability, gathering
pertinent evidence, and securing expert testimony are among the ways we
can help ensure you are compensated for your injuries. Contact us today
at (440) 333-3800 to get started.